Here’s a great article on Christian Fiction speaking about how the need to evangelize through one’s work can kill the story. I’d have to agree. Writing a good story should be enough to get some of one’s worldview across without slamming the reader over the head with it. After all, it’s really God who converts each individual soul, no need to write as if this responsibility rested entirely on oneself.
I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately that ponder what’s wrong with Christian fiction. It’s a conversation that never ends. No one can ever figure out why stories by Christian authors aren’t held in higher esteem, why men aren’t reading Christian fiction, why we can’t measure up to C.S. Lewis, why Christian publishers are reluctant to deal in Christian speculative fiction, and so on, and on, and on. We never get to an answer, but we have a crackin’ good time arguing about it.
Author and reviewer Jeffrey Overstreet had an interesting take on this issue a few days ago:
If truth and beauty and mystery — those things that make us wonder about God and salvation and the meaning of life — are what make a book “Christian,” than I’d argue that most of the best “Christian books” were not written by Christians, and you can find them all over…
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